Dandara hikes to raise money for young people for second year in a row

The housebuilder, who has offices in Milton Keynes, Braintree, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton, Edinburgh and Cardiff will join with other groups from the country’s major housebuilders and construction firms in the Housebuilder Challenge, organised by the Youth Adventure Trust.  Teams of four to six people from each company will race against the clock and each other to complete the hike, which includes 1154m of vertical ascent.

This is the second time Dandara has taken part in this fundraising event to support the Youth Adventure Trust, which last year saw the teams climb 10 mountains in the Brecon Beacons, Wales and raise a total of £16,000. This year the company is raring to go with even more staff members joining the challenge in the following teams:

·         Saxons Five & A Triggy Situation – made up of 12 staff members from the Dandara Northern Home Counties region

·         Cirque de Sore Legs – made up of 5 staff members from the Dandara Eastern region

·         Peaky Climbers, Red Hot Chilli Steppers & Baby Got Track – made up of 13 staff members from the Dandara South East region

·         Five Fast and Furious and Over the Hill – made up of 10 staff members from the Dandara Southern region

·         Misty Mountain Hop – made up of 6 staff members from the Dandara Wales and West region

·         Peakclaimers – made up of 6 staff members from the Dandara East Scotland region

Trevor Dempsey, CEO at Dandara, commented: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our brilliant staff volunteer to take on this challenge for such a worthy and important cause. Whilst it will be a tough route, it will be a great teambuilding activity set in some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK – I know the teams have been training hard and have no doubt they will do us all proud!”   

Each team in the Housebuilder Challenge has pledged to raise at least £2,000 to support the Youth Adventure Trust. The charity helps vulnerable young people aged 11-16 unlock their potential through outdoor activities. Its Youth Adventure Programme, which spans three years and includes three residential camps and eight activity days, is a life-changing opportunity, giving young people the chance to build resilience, develop confidence and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

The charity has helped nearly 4,000 young people since it started in 1992, but with no Government support, it relies on sponsors to provide the £3,600 that it costs to support each young person through the programme.